Morneau homers twice, leads Twins over Indians

Published 9:28 am Monday, September 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — After Justin Morneau homered in the ninth inning to beat Cleveland, Indians manager Manny Acta bemoaned another shot the Minnesota slugger tagged.

Acta was disappointed in the way starter Corey Kluber approached Morneau much earlier in the Twins’ 8-7 win Sunday.

Morneau hit a two-run homer in the third after Kluber got ahead of him.

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“You can’t let be letting guys take those kind of rips on 0-2 counts,” Acta said. “The whole thing of pitching ahead is to make a guy expand, try to make him chase, take advantage of it.”

The Indians had taken a 4-0 lead when Kluber tried to get Morneau out on an 0-2 changeup.

“I just really made a bad pitch, made a mistake and he took advantage of it,” Kluber said. “It was a pitch that was the best one to try and get him out.”

The Twins also hit a pair of 0-2 pitches in the seventh to take the lead. Joe Mauer doubled off Esmil Rogers to put runners on second and third and Chris Parmelee later hit a sharp, two-out, two-run single off Tony Sipp.